Music, My Diary

Music and cold weather

On Sunday I went to Brugherio to listen to the last concert of this year’s Antiquamodecia season. Baroque music in church; nice I thought the acoustics were good too. Although a longer concert would have been nice because the music was just so beautiful and familiar, the church was very cold so the short programe was fine.

Corelli,Vivaldi,Marcello and Sammartini, a lovely Christmassy concert and a bargain at 5 euros!

the programme
The Church of San Bartolomeo in Brugherio (MB)

Cold and Frosty mornings.

Ivan Generalic
van Generalic. (I don’t know who the copyright belongs to)

My body hates these cold and frosty mornings, it feels stiff and anything but supple! But my eyes don’t. When I look out of the window and see the blackened branches against a lurid sky, I’m reminded of the Yugoslav naifs.My ex loved these paintings so much that I actually painted one for him! Mine was painted against a red sky. We both liked it. Of course it’s easy to copy rather than be creative, shame on me!

Dulmen_hausdulmen_Sonnenaufgang 2015

Music, music, music!

Piazza Rossa! (Actually piazza della Scala)

Oh what a great week music- wise!

Friday evening to  La Scala to see Attila.It was spectacular, a real Scala-style production, pulling out all the stops!  They even had horses on stage and Attila sang seated fearlessly on the back of his charger. I enjoyed everything about it, direction, choir, singing. I’ve made a vow to myself, I really must study Verdi, because, unlike my friends, I don’t really appreciate him. I mean with Wagner it was love at first sight (hearing) and Kurtag just wowed me! But you can’t live in Italy and not love Verdi.

going up!
My Diary, Seasons

The joys of learning!

On Saturday I went to the garden centre to join a group making a Christmas  arrangement. I love doing these things, it’s the one time I feel truly immersed in what I’m doing, in the moment, in the flow.

IMG-20181208-WA0089It’s an ideal situation, losing yourself among the pine needles and cones, deciding if gold is nicer than red, is white Christmassy enough? Oh how I enjoyed myself! All lessons should be like that, complete immersion in what you’re doing!

Keep trying Anne , keep trying to give your language students that quality of engagement.

Teaching English

The joys of Teaching!

One of the many delights of teaching is when your students suddenly start formulating their own theories on learning, particulary if they are notions which you had been trying to get across to them perhaps even  months ago.

This happened to me yesterday when one of my students who has always hated anything that approaches “book learning” and is only interested in making himself understood and understanding others. What he said was this; the important thing for him is to learn words which are pertinent to his situation and which can be used frequently. He is of course right. It’s what we all try to teach. Whenever I stray from the straight and narrow and come up with some wild, unusual word, I always tell them that they have a choice about whether or not to learn it.

And although I sincerely believe that in workplace contexts we need to be as “to the point” as possible and to highlight  opportunities for multiple use, I also believe that a student should be able to learn something he probably won’t use again for years but which has piqued his curiosity.